WWE // 2009 // 177 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Franck Tabouring (Retired) // November 6th, 2009
It's the summer's biggest blockbuster.
WWE: SummerSlam 2009 is wrestling's biggest pay-per-view event each summer, and this year, the show descended on Los Angeles. Here's the complete lineup:
* Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler in an Intercontinental Championship
Opening this year's WWE: SummerSlam are Rey Mysterio and Dolph Ziggler, who both deliver a surprisingly solid opener with this title match. Clocking in at 12 minutes, it's also a long enough matchup, giving both wrestlers plenty of opportunities to show off their skills and fire up the audience with a variety of high-risk maneuvers and a whole bunch of counter moves. For a PPV opening battle, this one delivers the goods, which is exactly what WWE fans expect from such an event.
* MVP vs. Jack Swagger
At 7 minutes, the match between MVP and Swagger is shorter and less energetic than its predecessor. That said, this is by no means a disappointment. The action between the two WWE stars slows down a bit here and there, but all in all, they offer a clean, well-coordinated show stuffed with enough powerful moves. This is one of those matches that are quite enjoyable to watch but still end up being forgettable in the end. Nevertheless, we're off to a solid start.
* Chris Jericho & Big Show vs. Cryme Tyme in a Unified Tag Team Title
One thing is for certain: all four athletes approach this title match with the right attitude. Big Show looks a little out of place at times, but other than that, he and his partner put on a decent show against the vibrant Cryme Tyme team. Both teams execute a variety of different maneuvers. While some are interesting, others fail to impress. A poor ending damages this otherwise fast-paced battle.
* Kane vs. Great Khali
It had to happen. While the past three matches promised a really good show, this 6-minute battle between Kane and Great Khali is pretty lame. Khali's enormous size and weight slow him down most of the time, which obviously slows down most of the action inside the ring. Sure, both men deliver a variety of very powerful punches, but none of it is amusing enough to watch for more than a minute or two. They just should've had Kane wrestle someone else; that would've worked way better in this context.
* D-Generation X vs. Legacy
No title is on the line in this tag team match, and that's just fine. Followed by a superb entrance by DX, this 18-minute fight really gets the crowd going. Even though Triple H and Shawn Michaels are the more experienced wrestlers, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase successfully contribute to what is a well-coordinated, entertaining fight filled with powerful, high-risk maneuvers and some interesting team action. I wouldn't count this one among the best tag team matches I've seen at PPVs this year, but it's anything but dull. Good match.
* Christian vs. William Regal in a ECW Championship Match
Ah! The WWE writers sure know how to slow things down during a pay-per-view by totally messing up at least one match. Sadly enough, they decided to sacrifice the ECW Championship match this time. The matchup between Christian and Regal lasts for only 10 seconds, and not one of them is worth it. Enough said.
* Randy Orton vs. John Cena in a WWE Championship Match
Drawing closer to our main event, it's time for Orton and Cena to face off for the WWE title, and to be honest with you, this one failed to win me over. I wouldn't call it a boring matchup, but the several twists the show's writer decided to include just feel out of place. Orton and Cena are both flexible athletes with the necessary power to battle for a while, but somehow, this 21-minute faceoff doesn't really give them the chance to make complete use of their skills. It's ridiculous.
* Jeff Hardy vs. CM Punk in a TLC Match for the World Heavyweight
Luckily, the 20-minute main event rocks, with Punk and Hardy giving it their best to impress viewers via a selection of crazy moves using tables, chairs, and ladders. Both men really seem to push their own boundaries at times, and that's exactly what makes this hardcore battle so engaging. The high-risk maneuvers look impressive, and all the hits with chairs and ladders add to the match's dramatic value. Plus, you'll get to see Hardy pull off a totally insane dive that easily turns this one into the highlight of the entire PPV. It's without a doubt a strong way to finish a decent show.
WWE: SummerSlam 2009 is presented in full frame, and I have no complaints when it comes to the quality of both picture and sound. It looks and sounds good.
The bonus material on the disc includes a short clip taken from a 15-Diva Battle Royal match recorded before the live broadcast of the PPV. It's too bad they didn't include the entire match, because watching a brief recap of it is pretty much a waste of time. My suggestion to the WWE: beef up these special features or just drop them all together.
WWE: SummerSlam 2009 is undoubtedly one of the better WWE pay-per-views this year. Despite three forgettable matches, it still offers some great wrestling action.
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Spanish)
Running Time: 177 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* 15-Diva Battle Royal Clip
* Official Site